Meet Our Coaches
At Barakah Judo, our coaching team is the heart and soul of our community. Comprising seasoned Judokas and dedicated instructors, each coach brings a unique blend of expertise, passion, and commitment to the art of Judo. Get to know the individuals who will inspire and guide you on your Judo journey
Sensei Taalai is the head coach at Barakah Judo and additionally coaches at South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu Club. He was also part of the Kyrgyzstan Judo National team and several times champion of the Kyrgyzstan National competition.
He participated in international-level competitions. and is recognized as a 5th-degree black belt by USA Judo and the International Judo Federation (IJF).
He is a retired military officer who also has 5 years of military Russian Sambo training in the Russian military Academy as well as serving as a judo instructor for the team. Trained and was an instructor in the Lackland AFB Judo team (San Antonio, Texas).
Roger D. Crocker
Mr. Crocker began his judo career in 1973 at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Jefferson City, Missouri under head judo instructor, Daniel Russell of Mid-Missouri Judo. After Sensei Russell relocated to Chicago, Sensei Crocker continued studying judo under Randol Russell, Daniel Russell’s brother. Mr. Crocker still continues his study of judo under Sensei Russell.
Mr. Crocker is a 4th degree black belt in judo and a 2nd degree black belt in jujitsu spanning over 40 years in the study of judo. He competed at the local, regional, national, and international levels in judo as a competitor and continues teaching and coaching today in Kimura Judo, his judo club. Sensei Crocker was the head judo instructor of the Jefferson City YMCA from September 1997 until December 2001. During this time, he also developed the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Judo Program as head judo instructor from August 2000 to December 2001.
Mr. Crocker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics, and a Master of Business Administration degree in management, from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri. He also studied at the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri.
Sensei Crocker pursued a long-time career in marketing and public health in the Missouri state government retiring in 2007. During his time in state government, he had several articles published in major public health journals. Sensei Crocker also has a distinguished military career in the United States Army. His military service spans over 28 years serving in many assignments until his retirement in 2007. He is a combat veteran of Vietnam and served in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds many awards and decorations.
Hello everyone! I’m Toshiko Arriola from Japan. I’m a Judo black belt and National Coach for
USA Judo. I started practicing Judo in 1991 at my city of dojo. I was the 57kg champion in
Nagano Japan for my 3 years of high school; having competed in the All Japan High School
Championships all throughout my scholastic career. I started teaching again after my university
years had completed and have been consistently giving back to the judo community since then.
My husband Sensei Gerardo and two daughters also practice and enjoy the martial art of judo;